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Inflation is wreaking havoc on hotel cost bases and customer pricing, and  accommodating thousands of Ukrainian war refugees is “distorting” occupancy levels and room rates.

Data this week from hospitality research agency STR painted a picture of the Irish hotel industry that seemed remarkably rosy, considering how hard it(...)

James Hume’s performance against fellow Ireland squad members was particularly impressive. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It seems a rugby lifetime ago to the first five rounds of the United Rugby Championship (URC) with the last game in that block taking place a week bef(...)

Simon Zebo’s second try against Sharks was a thing of beauty. Stephen Larkham has been busy in pre-season judging by what was on offer in terms of the patterns. They boast all the qualities required to hunt down silverware.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“The first day, an interesting day. You leave in April cynical, a bit disillusioned. Now you are really happy when you come back. People are always ha(...)

Quinn Roux is to leave Connacht in the summer after seven years with the province. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht have confirmed that their South African-born lock Quinn Roux is to leave the province this summer on foot of an anticipated move to Toulon. (...)

Tadhg Furlong in action against Scotland during the Six Nations game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on February 1st. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

For players and coaches who have young families, being in lockdown has its pluses. And likewise for those from a farming background. Not a bad time at(...)

Leo Cullen: “It was a tough period to get through,” said the 41-year-old. “It’s not something I’ll ever forget.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leo Cullen laughs out loud as the darkest moment of a still fledgling coaching career gets reflected in a positive light. Four awfully long years ago(...)

“You don’t have to win on the scoreboard. You only have to be a good person - who does their best.”

As he launches his new memoir, Joe Schmidt tells Keith Duggan he’ll go back to work at some stage. He’s just not sure what at. It was a humdrum(...)

Japan’s Luke Thompson during the 2015 Rugby World Cup game against the USA at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, England.  Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Brighton 2015: spot the Kiwi on 83 minutes, having milled Adriaan Strauss off Japanese ball, all but leaning on the shoulder of Harumichi Tatekawa yet(...)

John Cooney at an Ireland training session at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A book on John Charles McQuaid is where this John Cooney interview begins. Published in 1999, the Ruler of Catholic Ireland written by the Ulster scru(...)

Joe Schmidt: Everyone you talk to about him calls him variations on the same thing – a rugby nerd, an obsessive, someone who lives the game to an extreme degree. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

At an event ahead of the France game, Brian O’Driscoll settled in for a story. A question had been lobbed up from the crowd mostly in mischief, askin(...)

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